OOB this oil has STRONG top notes of Jim Beam. Yes, it smells like whiskey in oil form. I put 10 drops + a tbsp of EcoSoya CB Adv Soy wax into a tart warmer, & when warm, I smelt NO whiskey, & beautiful blackberry notes came to life. I don't think it "reeked of Xmas" at all, just clean & ripe yet mellow blackberries w/ a hint of spice. I've never thought of a berry scent to be soothing before, but this one is. I didn't give 5 stars cuz the hot throw could be stronger for my taste (I like scents that knock me over). Don't judge this OOB. This can pass for a year-round beautiful blackberry scent.